This delicious maria cookie flan is easy to prepare and made without an oven. You can make it with other flavours by simply changing the type of cookies. To start, you will choose a mould you want to make the flan with; we use an 18cm diameter pan. Then, start making the caramel. In a pan over medium heat, add 80 grams of sugar and a tablespoon (15 millilitres) of water, then let it caramelize without stirring because sugar crystals may appear.

After about 5 minutes your sugar should have caramelised, pour it in the pan and spread it well. This will form the base of our flan, set it aside. Into a mixing bowl, break into small pieces about 30 Marie biscuits or any cookies of your choice. Add a litre of milk to the biscuits, you want them to soak well so that when it’s time to crush there are no pieces left. You will let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes until you can see that the biscuits are super tender and fall apart when touched.

Put a pot on medium-low heat and add a little water. This is called a bain-marie, which you will use to cook the flan. After chilling, add six large eggs and 130 grams of sugar, then use a hand blender to beat everything until there are no pieces, biscuits, or eggs in the mixture. Pour the mixture into the pan with the caramel base, then cover the top with aluminium foil since we will cook the flan in a bain-marie.

As the water from the bain-marie starts to boil, insert the pan carefully, cover the pot, and let it cook over medium heat for a minimum of 40 minutes and a maximum of one hour, depending on the pot and mould you are using. You’ll know your flan is ready when you gently move it and notice the edges pulling away from the pan.

Remove the pan from the bain-marie and let the flan cool to room temperature, then refrigerate it for at least 8 hours/ overnight. Once chilled, run a small spatula on the edge of the pan to free the flan, then invert it to a plate and remove the pan. Slice, serve, and enjoy this cloud-like, melt-in-your-mouth flan.


Caramelize Sugar;

  • 1/4 cup (80 grams/ 2.8OZ) sugar
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) water


  • 30 (170 grams/ 5.9Oz) Maria cookies
  • 1 litre of milk
  • Six eggs
  • 2/3 cup (130 grams/ 4.5OZ) sugar